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Susan Denise Page

Ambassador Susan Denise Page

Ambassador Susan D. Page

Susan D. Page was confirmed as the Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan on October 18, 2011.  She arrived in Juba on December 6, 2011.  Previously Ms. Page was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State covering central and southern Africa and Sudan.  She first joined the State Department in 1991 in the Office of the Legal Adviser for Politico-Military Affairs.  From 1993-2001, Page worked as legal advisor and political officer at U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya; Gaborone, Botswana; and Kigali, Rwanda.  

From 2002-2005, under the aegis of the State Department, Ms. Page was the legal advisor to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat for Peace in Sudan. During this period, she was an integral member of the IGAD-led mediation process and was instrumental in negotiating and drafting key provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for the Sudan.  Thereafter, Ms. Page served as the Director of the Rule of Law and Prison Advisory Unit at the UN Mission to Sudan (UNMIS), based in Khartoum, where she provided legal and constitutional advice to the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative (SRSG) to the Sudan on the implementation of the CPA. From 2008-2010, Ambassador Page served as Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).

Ms. Page received an A.B. in English with high distinction from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was awarded Certificates of Merit and Distinction from St. Andrews University in Scotland and received a Rotary International post-graduate fellowship where she conducted research on children and women’s rights in Nepal.